Study Abroad

In order to increase language proficiency and cultural literacy, all students are strongly encouraged to spend a semester abroad via one of the University-approved programs


Internships and Service Learning

French and Francophone Studies Service-Learning Internship

In conjunction with the Villanova Catholic Relief Services partnership, French and Francophone students have the opportunity to participate in a service-learning internship in Madagascar, alongside students from across the University. The University helps with projects in Madagascar related to improving the health and nutrition of pregnant women and children, increasing and diversifying household incomes, alleviating the impact of natural disasters, and accessing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. Our French students assist with translation.

Contact: Etienne Achille, PhD

Learn more about the University's partnership with CRS.


Language Tables

The Department encourages students and other members of the Villanova community to take part in the language tables. Language tables are the best option to practice what you have learned in class without the formalities of the classroom. Please see the Current Student Resources site for more information.



The Language Use and Variation Lab invites interested students to join our weekly lab meetings, where we review research on language variation and work collaboratively toward uncovering the mysteries of how language changes and evolves. Students are encouraged to get involved in ongoing research, including linguistic analyses of Hispanic speakers in Philadelphia and laboratory studies of cognitive factors in language variation. Please contact Grant Berry, PhD, if interested.


French Club: Le Cercle Français

The French Club offers new and current students the opportunity to practice their French, meet other Francophiles on campus, and to learn more about French culture. The French Club organizes a range of activities that showcase French and Francophone culture and its representatives in the Philadelphia area, from cooking demonstrations to museum visits and film screenings.


French Honor Society: Pi Delta Phi

The French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi, was founded at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. The purpose of Pi Delta Phi is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literature; to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world; and to stimulate and encourage French and Francophone cultural activities. Villanova University’s Pi Delta Phi chapter inducts new members at the end of each Spring Semester during the annual initiation ceremony.


College and University Resources

In addition to resources and opportunities through the French and Fracophone Studies program, Villanova provides support to undergraduate students in all aspects of their collegiate experience and beyond through the centralized services of the Office for Undergraduate StudentsOffice of Education Abroad and Career Center.

Director of French and Francophone Studies
French Majors and Minors
Coordinator of Internship Program in Madagascar
Dr. Etienne Achille
St. Augustine Center 338